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WTLLdAM  YOK  BCUMBOLDT.                     _
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his own reflections on art.    But the reason seems tcS-1
be, that the tendency of both poets to l^proach thejf ':'
ideal of Greek perfection was most plainly' »^Lown3 aij^f"'';
most successfully achieved, in this produffci^^^
Goethe3s. Now, none of the literary men of tH€ *2ay
were so partial to this imitation of the Greeks, as
Humboldt; and none, therefore, felt such a Mgh
degree of critical interest as he did, when he saw this
splendid proof of the success of his favourite theory.
This selection also plainly proves that he not only
deemed epic poetry in general, but this poem of
Go ethers in particular, as appropriate for developing
the fundamental laws of the beautiful in art. It was,
therefore, a fortunate circumstance for him that he
was now separated from Schiller, so that the indivi-
dual characteristics of the latter could not exercise
that influence over his judgment which they had
hitherto done. He, however, loses no opportunity of
doing justice to Schiller in this essay*
Humboldt sent the manuscript of his work to
.Schiller, with the request to read it over*with Goethe.,
correct it, and prepare it for publication. That Goethe
•was pleased and flattered by this great testimony to
his talents, cannot be doubted; and after reading it,
and debating on it, the two poets determined to send
it to press as it had left Hnmboldt's study, without
.any material corrections.